There are plenty of reasons to choose AVA for a family excursion, but there is no better reason than the memories that these trips will create for you and your kids. A Colorado adventure will bring you closer together, and be the highlight of your trip – your kids might never stop asking to come back for more. One last thing before we get to the planning, our guides are trained to follow every safety protocol, so mom and dad can focus on building memories and leave the safety and planning up to us!
We have a trip for you and your family that will make your vacation absolutely unforgettable.
and that is why we have different trips for every age, ability, and adventure seeker. The best part about our trips is that even if you have a wide age range in your family, our adventures are incredible for every age. Parents, don’t worry about signing up for a boring trip- there is no such thing! It works out perfectly for a family vacation, but we do have to mention that we are strict about our age minimums in order to keep everyone safe on every trip. Below you will find our adventures broken down by age group. These age requirements are subject to change when it comes to rafting during different times of the year, but we handle that and will be sure to notify you if age requirements increase during your trip time!
We understand that you will have lots of questions when it comes to planning your perfect family vacation.
There are different levels of whitewater rafting and that is why we have strict age minimum for every trip. Additioanlly, age minimums change as water levels change, so whitewater rafting is safe for kids as long as you listen to the professional rafting companies about their age minimums and follow those.
Typically rafting season runs from May - October in Colorado. Every year can be different depending on how warm it is leading up to rafting season and how much snow Colorado received the winter before. The most popular time to go whitewater rafting in Colorado is July. Low water family rafting trips are great in the fall as well!
It is important that everyone in your family has shoes that will stay secure to their feet and dry clothes to change into. You will receive a wet-suit and splash jacket during the colder temps and can wear your own athletic clothes if it is warm out. Do not forget sunscreen, and water. The Colorado sun is strong and can cause sun burns as well as dehydration. It is not a bad idea to bring snacks as well for the family!
It is safe for kids to go ziplining as long as they weigh more than 50 pounds. If a kid or a guide does not feel comfortable they can zipline with the guide tandem style. Ziplining in a great activity for kids, and as long as you go with a reputable company
Via ferrata is great for kids ages 12 and up. It is an exciting experience for them, but it is safe as they are always connected to cables along the entire route. Kids will have to use strength to traverse across the cliff side and so that is why we ask they are at least 12 years old or they may get too tired to continue.